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Most Canadians paying attention to Israel-Hamas conflict: poll

By Brad Perry Oct 20, 2023 | 2:11 PM

Most Canadians say they are paying close attention to the Israel-Hamas conflict, according to a new poll.

The Narrative Research survey found three in five are paying close attention while another one in five are paying some attention.

“As age increases, so does attention paid towards the conflict, with two-thirds of Boomers saying they are paying close attention, while only four-in-ten Gen Z say the same,” the company said in a news release.

As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues, there is a desire globally for a negotiated peaceful resolution.

However, the poll finds only 14 per cent of Canadians think that will happen by the end of 2023. Three in five said they are not very confident this will occur.

Younger residents were somewhat more confident than those aged 55 or over, the survey found.

Respondents were also asked about statements made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Oct. 7, the day after Hamas attacked Israel.

“Canada unequivocally condemns these terrible attacks in the strongest possible terms and reaffirms its support for Israel’s right to defend itself, in accordance with international law,” said Trudeau.

More than half agreed with the statement, while three in ten offered more neutral scores, and 14 per cent disagreed.

Older Canadians are more likely to agree with the statement compared with younger residents, and so are those who say they are paying close attention to the conflict.

The online survey was conducted between Oct. 14 and 16 with 1,231 Canadians. As a non-probability sample, a margin of error is not applied.